On Thursday 13-June, the City of Portland held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the Foster Streetscape project. You can read about the event on BikePortland.org: ‘I hope it was worth the wait’: Commissioner Eudaly cuts ribbon on Foster Road project. Our Board Chair, Eric Furlong, was present for the ceremony.
Woman Killed Crossing Foster
Unfortunately, we also have some sad news to report, if you have not already heard. Later in the evening on the same day as the ribbon cutting ceremony, a neighbor, 82 year old Louanna “Lou” Battams, was struck by a driver in a car while she crossed Foster Road and later died at the hospital. Lou was crossing at SE 71st Avenue when she was struck. You can find more details in the following articles:
- Elderly woman killed while crossing Foster Road, East Portland News
- Woman, 82, dies after being struck by driver in SE Portland, KGW
- Pedestrian killed on SE Foster Road after city finishes safety improvement project, KATU
- A Pedestrian Was Killed on SE Foster on the Same Day Portland Unveiled SE Foster’s New Safety Improvements, Portland Mercury
- 82-Year-Old Portland Woman Dies After Being Hit By Car on Southeast Foster Road, Willamette Week
Please remember, as you drive about our city, look at every intersection for people crossing. EVERY intersection is a crosswalk, not just marked crosswalks. You are required, by law, to stop for people in your lane and the adjacent lane of travel. See this information on Metro’s website for an overview of the law.